Poetry

Freedom Rang…

Freedom Rang in 1776 when the United States declared its independence (#IndependenceDay)

Freedom Rang in 1863 when Lincoln addressed the public after the battle at Gettysburg speaking out against slavery and promoting unity

Freedom Rang in 1865 when the 13th Amendment was passed, finally abolishing slavery (#Juneteenth #FreedomDay)

Freedom Rang in 1920 when women gained the right to vote with the 19th amendment

Freedom Rang in 1944 when the Allies landed in Normandy on D-Day

Freedom Rang in 1967 when interracial marriage was no longer criminalized

Freedom Rang in 2001 when neighbors rose up to help one another after the terrorist attacks on the Twin Towers

Freedom Rang when the first black president, Obama, was elected in 2009

Freedom Rings today in 2020 as our nation reflects on our past. It is not perfect, it is far from it, but it reveals a growing trend toward equality, toward growth, toward maturity. In society’s current “hatred” of the past, let us not forget the progress our nation has made. Let us learn from the errors of those who have come before us without forgetting the good they accomplished.

Let freedom continue to ring out in celebration of a better future; a future that is not built on hate but on growth, understanding, and learning. Let freedom ring in a nation under God.

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I am Proud to be an American.

Happy Independence Day Everyone!

(More commonly referred to as the 4th of July)

I am an American and I declare that proudly.

Does my country have its own set of issues? Well, yes obviously, but every country does.

Is my country perfect? Goodness, no! But that does not negate my love for it.

I am proud to be an American. I support my country and I pray for it’s future often. I think that lately in our efforts to “improve” our country, we have forgotten how wonderful she is. Today, I encourage all Americans to put aside your differences, your anger, and your hurt and celebrate the country that we have and think positively about her future.

American Flag

Need a 4th of July joke?

Why are there no knock-knock jokes about America? Because freedom rings!

Need a 4th of July song?

Although I love the original version of “God Bless the USA” by Lee Greenwood, I also really love this rendition and thought some of you might enjoy it also: